John Bell Scholarship

John Bell Scholarship

Play your part in giving regional students
life changing opportunities

Nurturing new talent has been central to John Bell’s vision since he founded Bell Shakespeare in 1990. To honour his extraordinary legacy and impact on the arts in Australia, we are proud to announce our regional student scholarships programme in his name.

The John Bell Scholarship programme finds talented young people from all across Australia and give them unprecedented access to Bell Shakespeare, kick-starting their arts career, and continue our vision to truly represent all Australians on stage.

Thanks to the incredible generosity of our donors, we were able to audition 179 students in 2016, and three winners were chosen.


Joel Loum Okumu  – St Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton NSW
Evelina Singh  – Emmanuel College, Carrara QLD
Nikhil Singh
  – Bray Park State High School QLD

Nikhil, Evelina and Joel will join the Company for one week at Bell Shakespeare HQ in Sydney, in January 2017. They will observe rehearsals of Richard 3, perform for Bell Shakespeare cast and crew, participate in acting masterclasses with John Bell and other artists, receive career advice and mentoring, and see live theatre.

SBS featured Joel’s story. Click below to watch more.


Be a part of the journey…

Support us in creating a level playing field by giving young actors from across the country access to transformational opportunities.

Donations of any size will make a difference

Download a donation form
02 8298 9083 |

Every donation made of $2.00 or more is tax deductible.
The Bell Shakespeare Company Limited ABN: 87 050 055 251

Click below to read more about past scholarship participants

John Bell Scholarship

JBScholarship-Donate-button Blue

“I hope this scholarship will
ensure today’s aspiring young
actors are able to fulfil their own
dreams of performing and
sharing the joy of Shakespeare.”

- John Bell AO